Dec. 2012 - Feb. 2014
Taken from us too soon
This Beta fish was a present from Santa Claus to my daughter, but as evidenced by this photo - he didn't make it. Murder. His blood is on my hands.
Like any parent who ever brings a pet into their child's life, one of the main reasons to care for said creature is to avoid the discussion of death. As a result, Fin led a good life.
Clean water. A pink castle in his tank. A plastic plant. Country club membership. Gun club membership. Weekly cigars. Call girls. Internet access. Fin had it made. All because his keeper did not want to go there with his kid.
But life, or murder, sometimes happen. While changing his water, Fin fell into the sink. He was slowly flopping his way to the disposal, and certain death. Heroically, I clutched Fin and pushed him to the edge of the sink.
Small problem - the little guy was cleft in twain by my own hands. That is when God opened this door: My daughter did not witness the execution.
Like Dennis Hopper's character, Howard Payne, said in the 1994 Keanu Reeves' classic "Speed" I was faced with the following question: "Pop quiz, hot shot - you just murdered your daughter's fish but she doesn't know it. What do you do?"
a.) Tell her, and proceed with a Cosby Show style funeral of Fin's scattered remains into the toilet.
b.) Don't tell her, hope she doesn't notice, and replace Fin with Fin II for $3.99.
As you can see by this photo, Fin II has a new home.
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